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Food And Drink Federation Runs British Business Convention



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The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) are coordinating sustainability and trade experts this month to discuss how manufacturers can develop secure and sustainable supply chains.

The event will help the global food system to combat unprecedented production and demand pressures over the coming decades.

The event, sponsored by ENER-G, will take place on 23 November at One Great George Street in Westminster.

Delegates will hear from speakers including: Anna Turrell, Senior Public Affairs Manager for Sustainability, Nestlé UK & Ireland; Nick Vermont, Regional CEO, McCain Foods and Chair of the FDF Sustainability Steering Group; Louise Nicholls, Head of Responsible Sourcing, Packaging and Plan A, Marks and Spencer; Beatrix Richards, Head of Forest Policy and Trade, WWF; and Professor Tim Lang, City University.

Key themes include the food security and business risks from challenges including climate change; how companies can tackle the challenges collaboratively and drive new opportunities; as well as the key security and sourcing issues for the future, such as natural capital. Alongside extensive networking opportunities, the following topics will also be discussed:

• Global food security in the face of climate change
• Brexit – a sustainability toolkit
• The FDF Environmental Ambition: Ambition 2025
• Responsible corporate citizenship
• Sustainable collaboration in UK food and drink

The event follows the recent launch of FDF’s “Ambition 2025 – Shaping Sustainable Value Chains”, which is the next step on the organisation’s journey to help deliver a sustainable food system for the future.

Speaking ahead of the event, Ian Wright CBE, FDF Director General, said:

“These are tumultuous times. Businesses face significant uncertainties in almost every area. Around the world, major economic and political change is on the horizon, with different priorities coming to the forefront.

Still, sustainability remains a key watchword in the UK food chain as the implications of climate change and a growing global population are becoming ever more apparent for business operations. This event will be the ideal forum to discuss these vital issues. It offers the chance to learn more about how to build resilience and responsibility into the supply chain and how to ensure the continued success and sustainability of businesses and their service to the consumer.”

Clare Burns, Head of Marketing for ENER-G, said:

“Managing energy and carbon reduction are business critical issues for most food and drink manufacturers. Going green makes good financial sense, so energy saving measures have a strong bottom line benefit and result in a more sustainable supply chain. ENER-G specialises in sustainable and efficient technologies, such as CHP, and is proud to sponsor this event and support FDF members with their sustainability objectives.”


A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon




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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”



IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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